Marshmallow fluff is the quintessential feel-good food. I have a friend who always travels with a jar of the stuff—she eats it with a spoon straight out of the jar. In the ’60s and ’70s, peanut butter and marshmallow fluff slathered between two slices of white bread became a comfort sandwich for kids, but not so much anymore (perhaps because many of us are watching our sugar intake). By the way, National Fluffernutter Day is October 8, if you need an excuse to eat this classic sandwich.
This is your grandmother’s comfort food: a pudding made with tapioca and cream or milk served cold or (better yet) warm. Tapioca is a starch extracted from the cassava root; these days, you’ll find it in bubble tea more often than in pudding.